New data revealed about first homebuyers

By Staff Reporter

More first homebuyers plan to purchase their first property later in life, according the 2012 Mortgage Choice Future First Homebuyer Survey.

This annual study of one thousand Australians who plan to buy their first home in the next two years, found 41 per cent of first homebuyers will be aged 30-39 years, 39 per cent will be 18-29 years of age, 14 per cent will be 40-49 and 6 per cent will be aged over 50 years.

The number of first homebuyers aged 30 or more years has increased from 54 per cent in the 2011 survey to 61 per cent.

The 2012 survey findings also show that first homebuyers intend to save for an average of two years before purchasing their property, compared to 1.8 years when the survey was conducted in 2011. The 2012 survey also revealed that these people are saving an average of 26 per cent of their monthly after-tax income.

Mortgage Choice spokesperson, Belinda Williamson said, "It is interesting to see more first homebuyers are saving for longer and purchasing later in life, perhaps when they are in a better financial position, have researched their ideal location well and are keen to settle into a property they will call home for many years to come."

Fears over job security have rocketed over the past year with almost one in five (18 per cent) up-coming first homebuyers claiming this is their greatest concern, compared to just 11 per cent last year. Conversely, fewer buyers are concerned about rising house prices (22 per cent this year compared to 31 per cent in 2011) and even fewer are concerned about the impact of interest rates on their ability to purchase their first home (eight per cent this year compared to 14 per cent in 2011).

"While many of the economic indicators such as rate cuts, lower house prices and improved affordability might suggest now is a good time to buy, people are still nervous about their ability to sustain employment. Home ownership is still the dream for many Australians, however it is important to feel confident in your financial future before taking on the commitment of a property purchase," said Ms Williamson.

The survey found that first homebuyers' property decisions are largely driven by lifestyle factors. The greatest motivator for first time buyers was to set themselves up financially for the future by getting a foot in the property market door, while almost half said they would like to purchase a property where they can raise their family. The third largest motivation for first homebuyers was to avoid rising rent, which is making owning a property more attractive.

"The overall cost and financial benefits of home ownership are going to add weight to the decision but as our survey results show, the more emotional factors such as where you envisage bringing up your children are very high on the influencing stakes," said Ms Williamson,

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